Open Events

Playday – Banding Together

Over the last few years, Nottingham Concert Band has pioneered the Playday concept, which has proved to be an effective and popular contrast to weekly rehearsals, formal evening concerts and outdoor events.

Several months in the planning, each Playday provides the opportunity for band members and invited guests to gather for a full day of intensive rehearsing to work on challenging additions to the repertoire.

Although the day usually concludes with a short, informal concert for the friends and family of band members, the primary intention is to enable players to explore and enjoy practical music-making within a group of experienced and highly committed musicians.

Nottingham Concert Band Playdays are directed by Robert Parker, supported by a team of specialist brass, woodwind and percussion tutors. This enables a series of focussed sectional rehearsals to take place during the day in addition to run-throughs by the entire band.

Open Rehearsals

More recently, Nottingham Concert Band has initiated an annual open rehearsal in July, the first being held as part of the BBC ‘Get Playing’ campaign in 2016.

Our rehearsal is thrown open to local musicians, when we run through music that is either new to the band or has not been brought out from our library for some time.

Feedback has been very positive (“I had a super evening”), and many of the guests have subsequently joined the band. 

A packed hall at our open rehearsal in 2017

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